After seven years of service as the CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, Dr. Marjorie Hill is stepping down. The Board of Directors at GMHC announced on Friday that they have “mutually decided it is now an appropriate time for the organization to identify a new leader and for Dr. Hill to pursue the next chapter in her career,” according to the organization’s press release.
“Leading GMHC during the last several years has truly been an honor,” said Dr. Hill. “I care deeply about GMHC’s mission and look forward to giving any help I can to ensure that the transition to new leadership goes smoothly.”
Hill’s seven-year tenure as head of the GMHC has been the longest of any HIV/AIDS service organization, and is just one facet of her long and distinguished career in public service.
Throughout her career, Hill has been a prominent leader in HIV/AIDS initiatives and has helped the GMHC expand its work directed at women and families affected by the AIDS epidemic. Prior to joining the agency, Hill was the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and had formerly served as the first LGBT liaison under Mayor David Dinkins. She is known largely for her successful efforts to expand needle exchange programs as well free condom distribution across the city.
"GMHC is most grateful to Dr. Hill for her many years of service not just to our organization but to the issues of prevention, treatment, and advocacy concerning the landscape of HIV and AIDS in this country," Myron Sulzberger Rolfe, chair of GMHC's Board of Directors, said in a statement. "We wish her the very best on the next chapter in her long career in public service."
According to the organization, Hill will vacate the position on September 29, and the Board of Directors is currently identifying potential candidates to fill her role as the next leader of GMHC. Janet Weinberg, GMHC's chief operating officer, will continue to serve as GMHC's interim CEO.